Falsely Inflated Refunds Ranks Sixth on IRS “Dirty Dozen” for 2018

The Internal Revenue Service has warned taxpayers to be alert to unscrupulous return preparers touting inflated tax refunds. According to the IRS, these scam artists frequently prey on older Americans, low-income taxpayers, and others with promises of big refunds. These refund scams remain on the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of most common tax scams, particularly during tax filing season. Compiled annually by the IRS, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter any time of the year, but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or seek help from tax professionals. To help protect taxpayers, the IRS is highlighting each of these scams on twelve consecutive days to help raise awareness. The text of the IRS announcement follows: Scam artists pose as tax preparers during tax time, luring victims by promising large federal tax refunds. They use flyers, advertisements, phony storefronts…

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